KENNETT SQUARE -- The borough and its people welcomed a weekend of celebration on Friday with the 27th annual Mushroom Parade.

Hundreds of residents lined the streets to see firetrucks, antique cars and various varieties of performers march up Broad Street and down State Street.

Just prior to the arrival of the first vehicles, dignitaries including state reps. Chris Ross and John Lawrence, state Sen. Dominic Pileggi, County Commissioner Dominic Pileggi, Mayor Matt Fetick and Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George Greig presented proclamation certificates to honorary chairman Tom Lafferty.

The newly restored West Grove antique fire truck made one of its early appearances, and the Kennett HIgh School Band brought some music.

Just down Broad Street across from Kennett High School, the old fashioned carnival opened its gates, and guests eagerly bought tickets to board rides and play games. Plenty of sweet food was also available.

The parade was just the first phase of an event that attracts hundreds of thousands to the borough annually.

On Saturday and Sunday there were mushroom growing and cooking demonstrations, children's events, farm tours and a mushroom eating contest.

Vendors will sold their wares along state street.

Signs for parking places are posted around the town for those who could not find places along borough streets. Throughout the weekend traffic was detoured around the borough.

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